Out of control steam engine destroys wall at 5mph

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A driver on his way home from a Gloucestershire steam fair bounced off a car and demolished a wall as he lost control of his vehicle in the tiny hamlet of Ford – and it all happened at 5mph.

The vintage traction engine was left in a pile of scrap after the accident, and firefighters rushed to empty the steam from the machine, fearing an explosion.

Local resident David Sandy said: "It was such a sad sight to see the engine, which had obviously been lovingly restored, lying shattered.

"My neighbour had just spent the summer repairing his wall too!"

The driver was understood to have been on his way home from the nearby Toddington Steam Fair when he lost control of the machine driving down a steep hill.

None of the three people on board the 150-year-old engine were hurt in the crash, but the road was closed for two hours as the scene was cleared.